College of Charleston's Doug Wojcik accused of verbal abuse

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The College of Charleston head basketball coach tasked with shaping young athletes into leaders was just as likely to demean his players and bully them verbally.

An investigation by the College of Charleston says coach Doug Wojcik was "likely" to have engaged in a number of verbally-abusive actions against members of the men's basketball team. The 50-page report, which was obtained first by The Post and Courier of Charleston, contains testimony from players which suggest that Wojcik berated them with personal insults and physical threats.

It included accounts from 12 players — 10 who requested to remain anonymous  — and nine school employees.

The report describes Wojcik as having a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality, in which he can change quickly from being kind to harsh "at a moment's notice."

Wojcik is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has coached at the College of Charleston for two years. The basketball team went 14-18 (6-10 Colonial Athletic Association) under his watch last season.

"Do you know what we used to do with liars in the Navy?" Wojcik yelled at one practice, according to statements made by one of the anonymous players. "Kick their (butts) and throw them overboard."

The 50-year-old has said he will not resign from his post despite the allegations.

College of Charleston Athletic Director Joe Hull, who hired Wojcik in 2012, said that the coach has been "extremely difficult to manage" and has not been receptive to suggestions from others in the athletic department.

There had been a number of previous complaints from players under Wojcik. Hull said that exit interviews with several players after the 2012-13 season revealed accusations of personal attacks, disrespectful language and even insults concerning their parents.

Wojcik, for his part, told the school's investigator that many players probably had difficult transitioning due to his tougher coaching style than the philosophy of previous coach Bobby Cremins.

Among the accusations were a few specific examples from players:

An anonymous player, referred to as "Player 1" in the report, stated that Wojcik had called players names while using the f-word. He also said Wojcik once called a player a "fag."

Most of the comments were made in the locker room or team huddles during practice, Player 1 said, so that others could not hear them.

Anonymous Player 4 told the investigator that it was difficult to think of specific examples of Wojcik's verbal abuse because it "happens so often." He also recalled homophobic comments and cursing.

Former player Bart Benton, who participated in the 2012-13 season, made a list of accusations pertaining to Wojcik's behavior. Every player interviewed who saw the list said it was accurate. Often times, the players could recall the same specific instances of unprofessional behavior.

College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell released a statement last week.

"The College of Charleston treats all personnel matters with the utmost seriousness," McConnell said. "The College is committed to acting appropriately and responsibly to address any issues involving College personnel and students."

Since the report's release, some have compared Wojcik's actions to that of former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired in 2013 after a practice video showed him insulting players and attacking them physically.

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